Date lodged: 9 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether a business planning exercise was carried out to consider each of the available options regarding how it would oversee the British Transport Police following its functions being devolved and, if so, who carried this out and whether it will publish the findings.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 25 January 2018
The integration of BTP in Scotland into Police Scotland is the long-standing policy of the Scottish Government. The case for integration was submitted to the Smith Commission in 2014 with subsequent all party agreement for the devolution of railway policing. Ministers set out during Stage 1 evidence on the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill why alternative options to full integration were discounted.